George Mason in the News

Posted: January 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Jan. 21, The Wall Street Journal

Al Qaeda Book May Stir Debate Over Profit

“The issue of profiting from books that preach hatred has been a thorny one. For one historian, the critical issue is that the public will be able to see and read original documents for themselves. ‘It’s crucial to understand the people you are interacting with, especially when the interaction has taken a violent path,’ said Lawrence W. Levine, a professor of history at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Friday, Jan. 21, USA Today

History Not Kind To Presidents During Second Term

“Political scientist Colleen Shogan of Virginia’s George Mason University compared legislative successes in the first and second terms for Reagan and Clinton. Her conclusion: ‘Power dissipates over time, and opportunities for legislative reform diminish.’ In her study of major campaign proposals, Reagan’s success rate of 100 percent in his first term fell to 25 percent in his second; Clinton’s rate of 87 percent in his first term dropped to 38 percent.”

Friday, Jan. 21, Buffalo News

Bush Champions Global Freedom

Toni Michelle Travis, a George Mason University specialist on women’s and racial affairs, said she fears Bush ‘may interpret global situations that may bring us closer to war in places other than Iraq and Afghanistan.’ Although Bush made a strong plea for minority rights in the United States and globally, Travis said the president’s appointment of minorities to Cabinet positions smacks of ‘tokenism.’ Travis called the speech ‘inaugural lite.'”

Saturday, Jan. 22, Houston Chronicle

Bush’s Faith-Filled Speech Stirs Both Friend and Foe

“The day after delivering an inaugural speech laden with religious imagery, President Bush was back in church Friday, honoring a tradition dating back to George Washington with a national prayer service. But it was his words from the day before that lingered—a faith-fueled call to end tyranny—and that illustrated a new intensity behind the strong religious convictions that inform Bush’s politics. ‘I think Bush feels more emboldened to directly insert religion into his public presentations than ever before, particularly given the results of the latest election,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and an expert on religion and the presidency.”

Tuesday, Jan. 25, USA Today

CEO Helps Microsoft Enter Its 30s Gracefully

“Still, executives say the reorganization is the most profound change Ballmer has brought. Microsoft has long been a product-focused company: Teams worked on Word, Windows, etc. ‘While Gates and Ballmer are still in the middle of the transition, I think they’ll be successful in the same way they are with products,’ says J.P. Auffret, director of technology management studies at George Mason University. ‘They’ll continue to make adjustments until the company gets it right, he says.”

Thursday, Jan. 27, WAMU Radio

Laurence Iannaccone, professor of economics at George Mason, was interviewed for a Kojo Nnamdi Show segment on the “Economics of Religion.”

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